Microsoft KB Archive/256196

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Article ID: 256196

Article Last Modified on 1/27/2007


  • Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition

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When you boot your computer into Safe mode and then restart your computer into normal mode, the icons on the desktop may be arranged differently.


This behavior occurs because the desktop icon locations are stored in the Shelliconcache file. This file is automatically deleted and re-created when you boot your computer into Safe mode.


To work around this behavior, manually rearrange your desktop icons to meet your preferences after you boot your computer into Safe mode.


When you boot into Safe mode, the standard display adaptor is used and the screen area is changed to 640x480 pixels. The desktop icons are "compressed" to fit onto the currently viewable area of the screen. When you boot back into normal mode, the icons are still arranged so they can be viewed in a 640x480 display configuration.

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